The Caribbean Writer: New Issue, New Call for Submissions

The Caribbean Writer is a 32 year old literary peer-reviewed literary journal out of the University of the Virgin Islands. I’ve always felt that the journal is a good resource for people interested in new Caribbean literature – as every year it presents new voices and fresh writing from not so new voices; its selection process is rigorous (which bodes well for the quality of the writing); and it covers a wide swath of the Caribbean. I’ve always remarked on how many years it took me to get in to The Caribbean Writer – submitting being rejected, rinse spit repeat from at least 1998 – but doing so felt like an essential initiation into the canon of Caribbean writing. I’m happy to be here again (having been published in Volume 18/2004, Volume 24/2010, Volume 26/2012, Volume 27/2013, Volume 29/2015; and having won two prizes 2011 and 2015).


Remarkably, the call for submissions for volume 32 went out not long after the Virgin Islands had been knocked about by hurricane Irma, while  the islands were  in the early stages of recovery. They announced as their theme Rough Tides, Rough Times: Reflections and Transitions. And as my own Antigua and Barbuda was in the throes of its own post-Irma rough times, I found inspiration and in a rush of writing produced something – The Night the World Ended – that found favour with the editors.

The other Antiguan and Barbudan in the issue is Paget Henry who heads the line-up with a tribute to the late Guyanese literary giant Wilson Harris.

Read the full rundown here and listen out for the launch of the issue.

While we’re here, Volume 33 is now open for submissions and will be up to January 31st 2019. The theme is Musings and Metaphors: Evolution and Devolution. You can find more information here. It will also be listed on the Opportunities Too page which you should also check out…and submit!

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.

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